Haji Faiz Mohammed

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Haji Faiz Mohammed
Born(estimated) 1932 (age 89–90)
Detained atGuantanamo

Haji Faiz Mohammed (Arabic: محمد حجي فز) is an elderly Afghani man who was held and interrogated by the United States military in the Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba.[1][2] Mohammed spent about eight months in Guantanamo and was repatriated on October 28, 2002.[3]

Detention in Guantanamo[edit]

I don't know why the Americans arrested me. I told them I was innocent. I'm just an old man.

— Haji Faiz Mohammed[4]

Mohammed was flown to the U.S. military detention camp in Guantanamo in 2002 after being swept up in a raid by troops in Afghanistan. An assessment written by the Joint Task Force Guantanamo says. "There is no reason on the record for detainee being transferred to Guantánamo Bay detention facility," [5]

Faiz was released in October 2002 after being held for eight months, and was put in the Medical Scientific Academy Hospital in Kabul.

Mohammed's age[edit]

Mohammed, who American intelligence analysts estimate was approximately 72 years old at the time, said the Americans had initially seized him during a hospital visit in Uruzgan.[2] He says he was blindfolded and bound, then flown to Kandahar in a helicopter.

Reports suggest that he bordered on senile and initially claimed that he was over a hundred years old. The New York Times said that he was "babbling at times like a child...struggled to complete sentences and strained to hear words that were shouted at him.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "List of Individuals Detained by the Department of Defense at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from January 2002 through May 15, 2006" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. Retrieved 2006-05-15.
  2. ^ a b Bootie Cosgrove-Mather (2002-10-29). "Afghans Describe Life Inside Gitmo". CBS News. Archived from the original on 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2009-01-06.
  3. ^ "Haji Faiz Mohammed – The Guantánamo Docket". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Afghans Describe Life Inside Gitmo". CBS News. December 2, 2002. Archived from the original on June 17, 2008. Retrieved October 13, 2005.
  5. ^ Ball, James (2011-04-25). "Guantánamo Bay files: Children and senile old men among detainees". The Guardian. London.
  6. ^ Rohde, David (2002-10-30). "Low-risk prisoners freed from high-security hell". The Guardian. London.

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